When Playbuzz created the below quiz, they asked you to figure out which number was missing from the sequence. They show you several lines of numbers and then ask you to pick out which is not there.
The premise is easy enough. And when you take your time and scan from number to number to number, you’re bound to get it correct. But why are so many people failing? Because at just a glance, it is almost impossible to spot the missing digit. Can you best the masses and find the missing number faster than the average Joe?
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But if you have hawk eyes, you might be able to spot the missing 32. Take a closer look and you’ll see the sequence jump from 31 to 33 without a hitch.
Why do so many people miss the missing digit? Because we are so used to the sequence, our eyes fail to find the missing number. It’s like our brains have been trained to look at the sequence at large rather than each number individually.
In a 2013 blog post from Seeker.com, psychologists discussed why our brain misses the obvious sometimes.
In one test conducted by psychologists Christopher Chabris and Daniel Simons, half of people watching one video failed to miss the man dressed in the gorilla suit walking through the crowd in the basketball game after being instructed to count the number of passes between team members. When our minds are focused on one thing, we fail to notice what else is around us.